Blogmas Day 18 : If This Year Ain’t Taught Me Nothing

I know I‘ve said it over and over, but honestly I don’t think I can say it enough. This year has been a really tough year. There has been more than enough heartache, pain, uncertainty, and fear to last me a lifetime. I was always taught to never wish a year [to be] over, but if there ever was one this one is it. My beloved aunt passed away in May and due to COVID, I was unable to physically be there for my family. I’ve watched my mom, aunts, and uncles grieve with an intensity unspoken as she was the first sister to pass away. That was and still is a very hard pill to swallow. My family is extremely close-knit and I don’t think I’ll ever get over not being able to physically say goodbye. My husband has lost two uncles this year, his mother’s brother and his father’s brother. Countless of other family and friends have died as well and while they are all not COVID related, it has certainly altered the way I view my life.

If this year ain’t taught me nothing, it has taught me to cherish every waking moment!

It seems like daily I’m reading or hearing about another loved one losing their life. As we speak, my great aunt is being buried in Ohio. This can be a lot for anyone to withstand. Bad news after bad news can do more than ruin a day, it can begin to effect the mental state. As this year comes to an end, I want to remind you all to be encouraged. Love your people right here and right now because tomorrow is never promised! Everyday is a new day with a clean slate to make amends. God has been speaking to us this year and it is up to us to take heed. Remember to stay safe by practicing all of the CDC recommendations (social distancing, hand washing, masks, etc). I thank God for health and sanity and above all else, I pray over my children and husband daily. I thank Him for keeping us safe and tonight, I extend that prayer to each of you!